noun, plural lav·a·to·ries.
Origin of lavatory
Examples from the Web for lavatory
He jiggled the faceted glass door knob to let the person inside know he was hogging the lavatory.
But these visits to the lavatory had become such an abuse that it was decided to take remedial measures.
It is well known what disorder was caused by this 'question of the lavatory.'
After about a moment, the head was withdrawn and the door of the lavatory replaced.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for lavatory
noun plural -ries
- a sanitary installation for receiving and disposing of urine and faeces, consisting of a bowl fitted with a water-flushing device and connected to a drain
- a room containing such an installation
Word Origin for lavatory
Word Origin and History for lavatory
late 14c., "washbasin," from Latin lavatorium "place for washing," noun use of neuter of adjective lavatorius "pertaining to washing," from lavatus, past participle of lavare "to wash" (see lave). Sense of "washroom" is first attested 1650s; as a euphemism for "toilet, W.C.," it is attested by 1864.